Afghanistan reports progress and challenges in stamping out violence against womenListen /
Despite advances in implementing a landmark law on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Afghanistan still has a long way to go in its application.
That assessment comes from Georgette Gagnon, Director of the Human Rights Section at the UN mission in the country (UNAMA), which on Tuesday released a report reviewing progress on the 2009 law.
She says among the encouraging signs are an increase in actual reporting of incidents and a rise in convictions.
"But it's important to note that incidents of violence against women still remain largely underreported due to cultural constraints, social norms and taboos, customary practices and discrimination against women. Also, prevailing insecurity and weak rule of law have hampered women's access to formal justice institutions."
The UN report comes one day after the assassination of an Afghan women's rights official whose predecessor was killed in July.
It was based on interviews, case observations, and information from police, prosecutors and judges across Afghanistan for the period from October 2011 to September 2012.